Cheap Chinese Watch Review #1: Naviforce NF9040M

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Cheap Chinese Watch Review #1: Naviforce NF9040M

In my quest to find the ultimate, budget timepiece, I kinda went crazy and bought a few Chinese watches. I thought I would share my experiences and put together a few reviews on my findings. This is the first such review, the Naviforce NF9040M I bought from GearBest.

I posted pretty much the same review over at the watchuseek forms , but I am not known very well over there, and many of their members like the higher-end market for watches. Maybe you guys will appreciate these budget priced watch reviews more Smile

I received this watch a few months ago, and it is currently in my EDC rotation of about 5-7 watches. I purchased it from GearBest when it was on sale for about $10 (No longer on sale, regular price about $16). I thought that was a pretty good deal, especially since a replacement Miyota movement costs more than the entire watch. Anyhow, here is the direct link to 4 different colors of the NF9040M on GearBest, as well as NaviForce’s website and direct link to this specific watch. None of these are affiliate links, and are only supplied for reference:

Gearbest Naviforce NF9040M listing
http://en.naviforcewatch.com/
http://a100407330285.oinsite1.cn/_d276809779.htm

My workplace isn’t too hard on watches, but can be occasionally as I have to go through security and a scanner. The security personnel are not always concerned about treating personal property with kid gloves. Sad

During my budget watch quest, I have seen the explosion of what some call “Mushroom Watches” (new brands that seem to pop-up everywhere) from China. I’ve bought a few of them…some good, and some bad to absolutely horrible. I thought the Naviforce watches looked attractive…both physically and price-wise…so I selected a NF9040M with the red accents. The watch is also sold with white, gold and champagne accents. The gold and champagne versions come with a brown band, and white and red have a black band. Here are the other color choices:


^ GearBest Pic ^


^ Dial/front of Naviforce NF9040M ^

KRONOREVIEW:

There is much to like about this watch. I confirmed that it does indeed use a Miyota Quartz movement (Miyota 2305) and a Sony battery. Many watches in this price range use something cheaper, typically a Chinese movement and an ultra cheap battery that typically lasts 2-6 months. So, it is nice to see that Naviforce doesn’t embellish the internals. The watch is also pretty comfortable to wear due to the curved lugs and band. The black band is real leather that is thick, and is also nicely contrasted with red stitching.


^ Case-back removed ^




^ Nice looking leather band with red accented stitching ^



^ Yep…Miyota 2305 movement, and a Sony battery…nice! ^

The outer and inner bezel are numbered and give the watch a sporty, military look, but the bezel is non-rotating. On the dial, the hour markers consist of raised chrome with a red accented stripe in between. The red stripes are not perfectly centered on a couple markers, but perfect on the rest. The second-hand stops on the red section of the markers, but also not perfectly in the center…pretty close, though. The outer bezel has a colored ring underneath that protrudes on each side ever so slightly at about a .5mm. It appears to be red-anodized aluminum. The splash of color gives the watch a nice, contrasting halo effect which offsets the matte black case.

The case is said to be Vacuum Ion Coated. I do not know what metal is used underneath, but is magnetic, so probably some sort of steel. I do know that this black coating is somewhat susceptible to scratches. I found that out because my case-back removal tool was too small to span all the way across and reach at least two notches. Therefore, I used needle-nose pliers, which of course slipped, and proceeded to gouge the back of the case. I was exerting quite a bit of pressure, so I can’t necessarily fault the coating. But, over time, I suspect that the coating will exhibit some expected wear.

The ‘N’ logoed crown is flanked on both sides by raised portions of the case, I assume for protection. The crown adjustment has 2 positions. 1st allows for day, second for hour and date, which means you have to cycle through all dates to get to current date. The black dial is textured using an attractive, alternating circle and elongated oval pattern. The dial also contains a clean ‘N’ logo, “NAVIFORCE” name, ‘Water Resistant 30M’ and also has ‘JAPAN MOVT’ surrounding the six O’clock position.


^ Close-up of logoed crown ^


^ Another close-up of watch face ^

The metal buckle also has an ‘N’ logo, and the same matte coating as the case. The Stainless Steel case-back is a nice, 6 notch design and screws down.


^ Metal buckle with logo ^


^ SS Caseback ^

PROS:

Miyota 2305 movement.
No ‘slop’ in movement.
Sony SR626SW Battery.
Week/Day function.
Screw-down caseback.
Lume on Hour and Minute hands.
Leather band with contrasted red stitching.
Red accents also on Bezel, Hour markers and Minute hand.
Textured dial.
Comfortable, curved lugs.
Metal pin buckle.

CONS:

Non-rotatable bezel.
Durability question on black coating.
Lack of a bare SS case version.
Lume is very weak and sparse.

I will judge the watch on 5 different metrics:

Cost: 5
Looks: 4
Durability 3
Function: 4
Comfort: 5
KronoReview Overall Rating: 4.2/5

The Naviforce NF9040M watch is pretty good value!

More watch reviews to come…

Thanks!
krono

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Edited by: kronological on 04/05/2016 - 17:32
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Hey mate great review thanks!

How do these Chinese watches compare to the cheaper Casio and Pulsar watches? you can also probably buy Timex watches in the USA for around the same price?

Its good that it uses a Japanese movement i have heard the Chinese movements are inefficient and break easy?

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Nice watch krono.
I got a naviforce too but different model and i must say i impressed with the accuracy,i often buy watch from china because sometimes the design is unique and it even got sapphire glass for cheap price.

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everydaysurvivalgear wrote:
Hey mate great review thanks!

How do these Chinese watches compare to the cheaper Casio and Pulsar watches? you can also probably buy Timex watches in the USA for around the same price?

Its good that it uses a Japanese movement i have heard the Chinese movements are inefficient and break easy?


The cheaper Casio watches I have seen are mostly digital. The few analog watches I have seen are plastic. That being said, I’m sure they are decent. I have a higher price Casio Edifice and an older Casio Illuminator that are fantastic watches. I think Casio makes great watches for the money. Just different from the Naviforce brand, so it is hard to compare.

Couldn’t tell you about the Pulsar watches.

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Now I’m hoping to see if those cheap Chinese automatic watches are worth trying

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I quite like the looks of that watch. I may end up ordering one myself. Thanks for the review!

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zelee wrote:
Nice watch krono.
I got a naviforce too but different model and i must say i impressed with the accuracy,i often buy watch from china because sometimes the design is unique and it even got sapphire glass for cheap price.

I am also impressed with mine, and received some compliments as well. I liked it enough to order a different model. I’m looking forward to see how that one shapes up.

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Yes! Thank you! Please post more reviews sooner than later. I have always wanted to throw in some of those cheap watches when placing orders, but never had the courage to. Now I’ll be throwing 2 or 3 in the cart with every order!

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kronological wrote:
zelee wrote:
Nice watch krono.
I got a naviforce too but different model and i must say i impressed with the accuracy,i often buy watch from china because sometimes the design is unique and it even got sapphire glass for cheap price.

I am also impressed with mine, and received some compliments as well. I liked it enough to order a different model. I’m looking forward to see how that one shapes up.

On your other thread about group buy for watch any idea which watch will be?
I prefer with complete calendar and easy to read dial

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Thanks krono. It seems to be a winner build wise and budget. I do prefer the look of the other watch you have in your other thread with the copper appearance. Its the same brand from memory?

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You wear this watch?

I have two now, 1 very expensive wth blue dial. Gift from my wife 17 years ago from a juweler with his own branding on it. Since the move two years ago I placed it in a cupboard somewhere, and nvr worn it again. The blue is the me as the lapis lazuli of my signet ring. And well that ring I also do not wear.
If I need to dress up o the max I will dive into the cupboard.

Now I use a skeleton mechanical wrist watch, about 43mm wide, all metal with gold plated dial.
I bought it at DX when they were called DealExtreme.com for $8 about 6-7 ears ago and worn it the first two years daily, now only when I want to dress up. Funny, it is very cheap, but looks very impressive and I can’t count the number of compliments I got for it. A lot of people want to hold it.

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Nice! I’m looking forward to more watch reviews Smile

A shame really that on the leading watch forum there’s so little interest in this cheap market segment, it sounds like there’s many chinese watches that do the job very well. After budget knives, BLF may become an asylum for budget watch discussions as well Smile

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Nice looking watch, I do like the style of that one…

I personally prefer a metal band, and the poor luminosity is a disappointment though.


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Wow. Great value. I’d require a bare metal case and lume but this seems to be a fantastic value.

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I just posted my second watch review, the Megir 2002.

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Naviforce is not worth it, even at these prices.

Have gotten a couple of 9057 and 9044 and they all fell apart after a few months of EDC.

On the 9057s, the adjusting screw fell out, and the wrist band starts shedding its fake leather, same on the wrist band in the 9044. Banggood sent me new wrist bands for the 9044s but they didn’t match. Got a partial refund from Gearbest on the 9057s…

Don’t bother with them if you’re looking to wear them on a regular basis – the won’t take it Sad

Edit: Forgot to mention that the 9057s couldn’t keep the time. Sometimes they were 20 minutes ahead, the next day they were 12 minutes behind…

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Thank for the heads-up, Grieflar.

The 9040 has held up so far, but it has only been a month or so. It has also kept accurate time as well. If that changes, I will edit my review to reflect my experience.

I also bought a 9052 and just received it. l will be wearing it for a few days, then submit a review. I hope it holds up!

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Thank you for your review. I read your other watch reviews too, but this review sold me on a Naviforce watch. I bought an NF9066M. Hopefully it keeps time well.

I wonder what other cheap watch brands use Japanese movements and have a decent build quality.

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I hope it does well for you also. Mine is still holding up and keeping accurate time.

I don’t really know how many other companies use Japanese movements, but I have a few more coming in that I will check. Some autos as well.

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I tried odering from Gearbest. Delivery times were too long. I found an alternative website for Naviforce Watches that ships faster.

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_they do not claim to be waterproof, right?==oh wait they do, sort of, no actual rating, just the word

and there is no back light or lume?==you said it was spotty and weak

good review though, i was curious about the naviforce in general
i see them on the chinese sites

one thing i notice is that they are HUGE, that probably makes them cheaper, actually
they are wide AND deep

i also notice that your pictures do not make the watch look as nice as the naviforce pix, i assume yours are accurate Smile

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